The COVID-19 pandemic has hindered our ability to gather in-person and consequently, the way we share and engage with our communities is changing. But the reality for construction companies is that connecting the home office to the craft level workforce has always been a challenge due to the lack of a solid line of communication and an exceptionally transitory workforce.
Last year showed us that it's never been more vital to have a unified culture across a team, no matter the industry. In construction, technology played a huge role in keeping us moving as the world changed quickly. Now more than ever, we’re heavily reliant on technology to keep us connected, engaged, and informed as we continue to navigate the pandemic and look ahead to the future of the construction industry.
Implementing a digital communication platform also allows you to broadcast best practices and company values to everyone on your job sites while simultaneously giving your employees a space to share knowledge and interact with one another, ultimately helping solidify a high-performance team culture. At MindForge, we’re creating digital spaces for the folks wearing the tool belts – spaces for them to post questions, celebrate accomplishments, and engage with their communities as a whole.
From the CEO to the concrete pourer who shows up for three hours at 2 a.m. and then leaves forever, everybody deserves the same opportunity to know what’s going on around them. It’s essential that you standardize and guarantee access to your critical job site information to keep your people safe and establish a high-performance culture on site.
Further, the construction industry has been experiencing an ongoing labor shortage that’s only been exacerbated by the pandemic, and it’s critical that you have the capability to rapidly get new people up to speed as they enter your job site. At MindForge, we’ve also created content that supports contactless orientations and COVID-related safety protocols.
Not only can improved communication to the craft level increase productivity and the pace of work, but it can significantly reduce miscommunications and operational errors, helping you avoid rework. As much as 9 percent of a project’s total cost is attributable to rework, which typically extends the schedule by almost 10 percent, according to Navigant Construction Forum.
Work stoppages on the job site may seem insignificant but when combined, you could lose 50 percent of productive time each day in stoppages alone. Utilizing tech on the job has proven to increase operational efficiency, thus increasing hours available to focus on the job itself and protect your profit margins. This increased efficiency will also help you to end your projects on time and your successful track record will give you a leg up on your competition.
The pandemic hasn't shifted the importance of culture in society, but it has become more important to ensure we have systems in place to act as culture carriers when we are unable to physically gather as we traditionally have. It’s key to ensure you have a direct and transparent way to communicate with your craft level workers in order to operate safely and efficiently.
Integrating technology into your tool box will support a strong culture of performance excellence, ensuring continuity and protecting your backlog as we navigate the year ahead.